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Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet

Biography / Memoir

By: Nicholas Crane

348 pages, Col illus, b/w illus

Phoenix Publishers

Paperback | Jun 2003 | #139164 | ISBN: 075381692X
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NHBS Price: £10.99 $13/€12 approx
Hardback | Dec 2002 | #127538 | ISBN: 0297646656
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About this book

Biography of Gerhard Mercator, the man who first compressed the planet into a desk-top tool, an `atlas', and whose projection NASA is using to map Mars today.

Alex Hippisley Cox has got some excellent publicity lined up for this, with a big interview with Nick by Alan Franks whch ran in the WEEKEND TIMES on 14 June. Nick's two events for Stanfords, one in their shop in Manchester on 5 June and one in their Bristol shop on 12 June went extremely well. Nick has done interviews on BBC RADIO ESSEX on Friday 6th June, BBC WILTSHIRE SOUND on Monday 9th June, BBC RADIO LEEDS on 5 June, BBC RADIO OXFORD on 12 June, BBC LATE SHOW in the Midlands (across 7 BBC local radio stations) on 6 June, BBC RADIO GUERNSEY on 19 June and BBC RADIO DEVEN on 26 June. The reviews we've received so far have been excellent: "A beautifully detailed picture of the dangerous but intellectually exciting times in which his subject lived"SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "Book of the Week. Nicholas Crane's new book Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet tells how Gerard Mercator, born in 1512 and son of a cobbler,became a founding father of modern geography."DAILY EXPRESS "A portrait not only of a remarkable man but also of the 16th-century world of scholarship and cartography." SUNDAY TIMES 'A colourful biography which tells the story of a cobbler's son, orphaned in his teens, who escaped the Inquisition and began

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Nicholas Crane is a geographer, adventurer and prize-winning writer.

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